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Certification Watch Volume 9 #15

Certification news regarding Windows Vista certifications, viagra buy new Apple ACSA electives, and free betas from Sun, CompTIA, and McData.

Windows Vista Certifications Coming in Early 2007

Although full details are still pending, Microsoft has announced on its Web site that several new IT professional certifications covering Windows Vista will become available in early 2007. The new titles include:

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Vista, Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Consumer Support Technician
  • MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician
Microsoft suggests that if you have taken only exam 70-271 or 70-272, you should consider completing your MCDST in early 2007 to validate your skills on Windows XP and position yourself to take advantage of a one-exam upgrade path-and limited-time 40% savings on the exam-to Windows Vista certifications when they become available.

Microsoft will be present two Live Meeting events on December 6, 2006 to explain the new certifications and exams and answer questions. To register visit the Vista upgrade announcement page.

Several New Apple ACSA Elective Options Coming Soon

Apple has announced the addition of several new exams to the elective options for its Apple Certified Systems Administrator (ACSA) designation. The new exams are: Podcast and Streamed Internet Media Administration, Mac OS X Server Command Line Install and Configuration v10.4 (coming January 2007), and Network Account Management v10.4 (coming February 2007). For more on ACSA certification see: GoCertify's ACSA page.

Sun Business Component Developer Beta Available

Sun Microsystems has announced that the beta version of the Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD) 5.0 exam will be available from December 8, 2006 through January 2, 2007. Registration is currently open through Prometric. This exam counts toward SCBCD certification.

CompTIA Releases Digital Home Technology Integrator Exam to Beta

CompTIA, in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Association, has announced the release of the beta exam for the new DHTI+ (Digital Home Technology Integrator+) certification. DHTI+ validates a technician's knowledge and skills to configure, integrate, maintain, troubleshoot, and comprehend the basic design concepts of electronic and digital home systems. There is no charge to take this beta exam (exam code HT 201). This certification will eventually replace the current HTI+ designation. For full information and FAQs, see the CompTIA Web site.

New Beta Offered by McDATA

McDATA has updated its IP SAN Specialist exam and has changed the name to IP SAN Implementer to reflect the exam content focus on implementation. This exam is available at no charge through December 31, 2006. To register visit the Pearson VUE Web site.

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